Huddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday betting tips and predictions for the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-final on Sunday Lunchtime. See our betting preview below.
It’s an all Yorkshire semi-final in the Championship play-offs as Carlos Carvalhal’s Sheffield Wednesday travel to the John Smith’s Stadium for the first leg.
It was far from the perfect end to the season for David Wagner and his Terriers. Just one win from the final five games is not the ideal preparation for a hugely competitive play-offs and home fans will hope to see their side back on-song for this encounter. They were incredibly strong in the early stages of the season at home but just two wins from the last five matches here is a disappointing return. However, we’ve all written off Huddersfield before and they’ve come roaring back.
Sheffield Wednesday couldn’t stretch their winning run to seven as a much-changed Owls XI went down late on to Fulham on the final weekend. That shouldn’t cause too much concern with a number of fringe players putting in a decent shift and a goal for January signing Sam Winnall showing the strength in depth. The Owls’ bulging squad should help them through the end of the season period with competition for places giving the Portuguese boss some pleasant dilemmas.
It’s hard to make a case for the hosts on the evidence of their recent form and our first Huddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday betting prediction is Sheffield Wednesday Draw No Bet at 5/4 with Ladbrokes.
Huddersfield will need to take something from this home leg. They do tend to score here at home and should get on the scoresheet. Sheffield Wednesday have netted in seven of their last nine away games including each of their last three. Our second Huddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday prediction is Both Teams to Score? Yes at 21/20 with Betfair.
Fernando Forestieri scores big goals and his influence here could be pivotal. He also netted in both meetings with Huddersfield during the regular season. Our third Huddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday betting tip is Fernando Forestieri to score anytime. He is 2/1 with William Hill.
Elias Kachunga returns to the side after an injury providing a huge boost to David Wagner. Phillip Billing and Kasey Palmer will unfortunately miss the remainder of the season. Danny Ward is suspended and will be replaced by Joel Coleman.
Gary Hooper is the main injury worry for the visitors. Jordan Rhodes could start alongside Fernando Forestieri with Stephen Fletcher and Sam Winnall other options.
Sheffield Wednesday did the double over their opponents this season. They have been victorious in each of the last four meetings between the sides. The Terriers haven’t beaten the Owls since November 2013 when they emerged 2-1 victors in South Yorkshire. 2011 was the last time they won at home.
The bookmakers make the host slight favourites with Huddersfield available at around 6/4. Sheffield Wednesday are around 9/4 whilst the draw is 11/5.
Nakhi Wells and the returning Elias Kachunga lead the way in the first goalscorer market.
Sheffield Wednesday Draw No Bet – 5/4 with Ladbrokes.
Both Teams to Score? Yes – 21/20 with Betfair.
Fernando Forestieri to score anytime – 2/1 with William Hill.
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